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Breaking News: Cafe Ponte to Shutter its Doors For Good…

CP Front Doors

The iconic Cafe Ponte, opened by Chef Chris Ponte in 2002, has closed its doors for good. When they shut down “for the foreseeable future” on March 17, 2020 due to COVID-19, they did not know they would never reopen, however Chef Chris has since made that very tough decision. This news will be a […]

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Louie’s Italian Eatery – Virtual Restaurant Launch


In the wake of COVID-19, Louie Spetrini, Managing Partner, and Rocco Rinaldi, Partner of Nueva Cantina have launched Louie’s Italian Eatery. It is a virtual restaurant, which is a restaurant inside of another restaurant exclusively for delivery with online ordering only. (There are also “ghost kitchens”, which have no retail presence and essentially serve as […]

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Flûte & Dram Announces Exclusive “Fool’s Gold” Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Buffalo Trace Fool's Gold Bourbon

St. Petersburg’s rich food and beverage culture just gained a new bourbon courtesy of Buffalo Trace Distillery. Buffalo Trace Bourbon is aged and bottled at the most award-winning distillery in the world and is only made with the finest corn, rye and barley malt. Buffalo Trace was also named Whisky Magazine’s 2020 Distiller Of The […]

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Grace Restaurant Expands to Gracie Pasta & Provisions

Making Fresh Pasta

Speaking with Chef and Co-Owner of Grace Restaurant, Marlin Kaplin, by phone yesterday, we learned of their new endeavor, Gracie Pasta & Provisions. Right next to their current location, coming in May 2020, they will have an Italian market where they make fresh pasta every day. There will be pasta-making classes as well. You will […]

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Win Free Dole Whip For a Year!

Dole Whip from Pacific Counter

This is Pacific Counter’s way of saying Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian) to one lucky winner. Fill out the form below for a chance to win free Dole Whip for a year. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. DUPLICATE NAMES OR EMAILS WILL HAVE ALL ENTRIES FROM THAT PERSON REMOVED FROM QUALIFYING. Contest is closed. The […]

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Grand Central Brewhouse & Restaurant Brings European Beer Tank Technology to St Pete

Grand Central Brewhouse, St. Petersburg FL

While the original plans for Grand Central Brewhouse & Restaurant were reported back in April 2019 for the former Taco Bus site, permitting has finally got it moving and they are breaking ground today. We have a complete update on the forthcoming plans and the new projected opening for this summer.

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IL Ritorno’s Chef David Benstock to Co-Host Exclusive Italian Food & Wine Cruise Experience

Local restaurateur and chef, David Benstock, announced Monday, November 18th, that he will join Eric Asimov, chief wine critic of The New York Times, and Arthur Schwartz, award-winning cookbook author, food editor, and restaurant critic, as a host on an immersive food and wine cruise in Southern Italy next fall.

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Chowder Challenge 2019 Winners

This past Sunday, November 10, 2019 was the 6th Annual Chowder Challenge, presented by The Pass-A-Grille Woman’s Club. It’s a fundraising event for and by the Pass-a-Grille Woman’s Club and other local charities. The event was held at Horan Park right on the St. Pete Beach Intracoastal. Not only is Horan Park a beautiful location, […]

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Loco for Local: Lost Coast Oysters Bringing Lost Coast Locos to St Pete

I have been Facebook friends of Brian and Lindsay Rosegger for sometime now. They have also been active members of our Facebook group, St Petersburg Foodies Restaurant Reviews. I initially saw Lindsay’s post about finally receiving approval for their two acre lease from the state in the Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve on February 26th, 2019. […]

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Toss Salads & Wraps Coming to Downtown St. Petersburg November 2019

Toss Salads and Wraps is a fast-serve eatery with fresh ingredients right in the heart of Downtown St. Pete at 600 1st Ave N. St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Co-owner Christina Battafarano says the mission behind Toss is, “We’re providing a casual, healthy dining experience for the average person always on the go with fresh ingredients, […]

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Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria Coming Soon to St. Pete

Attention all wine enthusiasts: Sauvignon Wine Locker & American Trattoria is coming soon to Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete. Think, 200 bottles of the most delightful wines, temperature-controlled wine lockers, a full-service kitchen with homemade pasta, mac & cheese, charcuterie boards, desserts and more, themed parties & events, and much more. I met with […]

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SAVOR ST PETE to Replace Clearwater Beach Uncorked as a Premier Downtown Event


Previously promoted as Clearwater Beach Uncorked for the past seven years, this premier event enters its eighth year as SAVOR ST. PETE, bringing its signature two-day food, wine and craft beer festival to the idyllic waterfront setting of North Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg. The festival will run November 2nd and 3rd and tickets […]

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Tropez St. Pete – New Lounge on the 400 Block of Central

Brought to You by the Founder of Tryst on Beach Drive About a year ago, Renaud Cowez sold the majority of his interest in the Beach Drive lounge, Tryst, and turned over operations to Wassim Nabulsi. Recently, an opportunity arose that he couldn’t pass up. I have to admit that when I heard about the […]

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Greenstock – Chef-Inspired, Fast-Casual Salads from the Owners of IL Ritorno

Chef-Inspired “Build Your Own” Salad Concept Coming To Downtown St. Pete in Fall 2019 UPDATE: December 11, 2019 – Greenstock is now open for business. Scroll down for new photos. When well-known rockstars from different successful bands get together and form a new group, they call it a “Supergroup”. We have a new Restaurant Supergroup […]

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Are You Ready To Rumble? “The Midnight Chef Fight” Series Begins This Saturday Night, May 4th

A take down in the ‘Burg…Spinning a take on the Esquire Network series, Knife Fight, IL Ritorno is bringing some Saturday night fun into our downtown culinary scene with their newest concept the “Midnight Chef Fight” series which will pit two Tampa Bay chefs against each other in an hour long, “after hours” cook-off to create […]

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